How to Properly Use the Neti Pot

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The proper use of a neti pot involves the implementation of warm water and non-iodized salt that is evenly dispersed throughout the water. Discover the importance of breathing through the mouth while using a neti pot with help from a licensed RN in this free video on neti pots and nasal irrigation.

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Hi! My name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas and today I'm going to talk to you about how to use a Neti Pot. So, Neti Pots come in couple different forms. This one was bought at the grocery store, it's plastic, it's temporary, it can be thrown out when you're tired of it. There's also another, you can also get porcelain, ones which obviously you'll keep for a longer period of time than more long term. So, the two components that are going to go into the Neti Pot are about 8 ounces of warm water, this is going to be pretty natural to the temperature that your body is already at, and then you want to use non-iodized salt, so, sea salt would be a good option and you're going to use about 1/4 of a teaspoon of this in the water. Let it dissolve, you want it to dissolve so that it's evenly dispersed throughout the water. What you're going to do is go over to a sink or go over to a bath 'cos this can kind of get messy. You're going to tilt your head to the side, in your upper nostril you're going to place the Neti Pot and you're going to tilt it back allowing gravity to flow into your nostril. And the most important thing is that you're keeping, you're breathing through your mouth, that you are not trying to breath through your nose. This is one, can allow you to breathe and two, it's also going to help relax you so that it's flowing. The water is going to naturally come out your lower nostril and this is why it can be a little bit messy. You want to repeat in the other side in the same manner. This is going to help clear your nostrils and your sinuses of pollens, dust, or if you have some sort of an infection that's just kind of getting blocked up there, this is going to help with that. When you're done, kind of shake out your head, try to get most of that water that's got a little bit of saline in it out, you might need to blow your nose and kind of help the rest of everything come out, and you can repeat this a couple of times. Don't overdo it but a couple of times a day until you see that your symptoms are resolving and some people actually do this as a maintenance once once a day or maybe a couple of times a week just to help clear out their sinuses without any sort of infection. So, that's how you use a Neti Pot.

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